Line Producer: Understanding the Complete Producing Process

Learn A-Z on what makes a successful and employable Line Producer. It is the most important position on a production.
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  • Lectures 12
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 8/2013 English

Course Description

A Line Producer is quite possibly the most important person on a film. Understanding how everything truly comes together is essential in understanding the business. This class provides a holistic view of how locations, cars, budgets, and all else is decided upon. It is a necessity for anyone that wants to be a line producer, producer, director, or work in any other capacity in production.

Industry Expert

Kris Sheets Line Producer

Kris is a member of the Directors Guild of America and has  worked on over thirty films and television productions in a Producer or Unit  Production Manager capacity.  She holds a  Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in film and has extensive experience working on Bollywood  films, a subset of films in India.

What are the requirements?

  • No prerequisite necessary to take this course

What am I going to get from this course?

  • To Understand the duties of a Line Producer
  • To Understand terms used within the production community
  • To learn the difference in various types of producers
  • To learn the difference in a Line Producer and a Unit Production Manager
  • To gain an understanding of how Line Producers build their reputations and careers

Who is the target audience?

  • Any individual that wants to work in production in any capacity
  • Producers
  • Directors
  • Individuals that want to serve as vendors to productions

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Section 1: Line Producer - Express Edition
Course Introduction
Hear from Kris Sheets about how she got started as a line producer. Enjoy this introduction to the course.
First, it is imperative to learn what types of producers are out there and what their roles are. This lesson will explain the various types of producers that work in the entertainment industry.  

In order to properly create budgets for a production, you must go through the process of a “breakdown.” A breakdown is literally going through all of the elements of the script and determining all of the variables and costs associated with the production. In this session, you will learn how to conduct the breakdown process. 


This session continues the discussion of the breakdown process. It also covers ways to manage your budget and stay organized with so many moving parts.  Be sure to take notes in your workbook.

Ideally most of the work of the line producer should take place during pre-production. However, it is inevitable that things could go wrong. Hear tips on how to manage crisis on set and how to ensure safety precautions during a production. 

A line producer’s best friend is the film commission. Most states have film commissions and these are entities that you should become familiar with. Learn how the film commissions can be an outstanding resource for you as a line producer. 


Handling the logistics of a production is a key skill and a requirement for the job. You have to understand how to move large masses of people from point A to point B, while following the parameters and guidelines of unions. Learn how to become successful at this task.

Continue to listen and learn about the logistical challenges involved with being a line producer. Be sure to document your notes in your workbook.
When working with budgets, you should understand wage rates for the principal players for your budget lines as well as how you should be compensated. In this session, you will learn about various wages and ways in which positions are paid.
Hear Kris Sheets summarize the course and discuss methods for launching your career!
Course Conclusion

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Faith in Dreams Edutainment, Entertainment Career Courses

Faith in Dreams Edutainment is an innovative production company that creates entertainment projects and resources that help shape the future. Entertainment career opportunities now more than ever expand beyond the doors of Hollywood. The growth of the industry has brought about productions that span throughout the world. Producers, agents, writers, and other key positions are all expected to understand their responsibilities, key terms, and traditions that have proven effective. Our Entertainment Career Courses provide the training essential to becoming an employable commodity within the industry. The content also provides noteworthy preparation for individuals competing for acceptance into visual arts programs.

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